Recovery & Support for Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia

Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) is a lifelong condition, and specialists at NYU Langoneā€™s Perlmutter Cancer Center are available for support through each step of diagnosis and treatment. Our hematologistā€“oncologists, nurses, psychologists, social workers, chaplains, and rehabilitation specialists focus not only on your physical health, but your psychological and social wellbeing as well.

Managing Side Effects

At NYU Langoneā€™s Rusk Rehabilitation, one of our rehabilitation doctors can evaluate your strength, endurance, and function. They can prescribe physical and occupational therapy, strength training programs, and aerobic exercise to help you overcome any weakness or fatigue caused by CML or its treatments.

Doctors can also manage treatment-related neuropathy, or nerve damage, which causes numbness and pain in the arms, feet, hands, and legs.

Integrative Health

Our specialists offer integrative therapies to help manage the side effects of cancer and its treatments. This includes acupuncture, which involves using fine needles to relieve cancer-related pain. Our experts also offer stress-reducing massage therapy.

Fertility Management

Some treatments for CML can cause infertility in men and women of childbearing age, as well as early menopause in women. Our specialists at NYU Langoneā€™s Fertility Center and NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York can explain your options for banking sperm or freezing eggs prior to cancer treatment. Your NYU Langone gynecologist can address any symptoms caused by early menopause, such as hot flashes or bone loss.

Psychological and Social Support

NYU Langone specialists understand that a cancer diagnosis can lead to anxiety and depression. Our experts offer support groups and one-on-one counseling with a psycho-oncologist, a doctor who specializes in helping people with the psychosocial effects of chronic illness. Our social workers are on hand to assist you with any financial issues that may arise during treatment.